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Acetic Acid

(Glacial Acetic Acid)

This drug produces a condition of profound anemia, with some dropsical symptoms, great debility, frequent fainting, dyspnea, weak heart, vomiting, profuse urination and sweat. Hemorrhage from any part. Especially indicated in pale, lean persons, with lax, flabby muscles. Wasting and debility. Acetic acid has the power to liquefy albuminous and fibrinous deposits. Epithelial cancer, internally and locally (W Owens). Sycosis with nodules and formations in the joints. Hard chancre. The 1x solution will soften and cause formation of pus.

Mind
Irritable, worried about business affairs.

Head
Nervous headache, from abuse of narcotics. Blood rushes to head with delirium. Temporal vessels distended. Pain across root of tongue.

Face
Pale, waxen, emaciated. Eyes sunken, surrounded by dark rings. Bright red. Sweaty. Epithelioma of lip. Cheeks hot and flushed. Aching in left jaw-point.

Stomach
Salivation. Fermentation in stomach. Intense burning thirst. Cold drinks distress. Vomits after every kind of food. Epigastric tenderness. Burning pain as of an ulcer. Cancer of stomach. Sour belching and vomiting. Burning waterbrash and profuse salivation. Hyperchlorhydria and gastralgia. Violent burning pain in stomach and chest, followed by coldness of skin and cold sweat on forehead. Stomach feels as if she had taken a lot of vinegar.

Abdomen
Feels as if abdomen was sinking in. Frequent watery stools, worse in morning. Tympanitic. Ascites. Hemorrhage from bowels.

Urine
Large quantities of pale urine. Diabetes, with great thirst and debility (Phos ac).

Female
Excessive catamenia. Hemorrhages after labor. Nausea of pregnancy. Breasts painfully enlarged, distended with milk. Milk impoverished, bluish, transparent, sour. Anemia of nursing mothers.

Respiratory
Hoarse, hissing respiration; difficult breathing; cough when inhaling. Membranous croup. Irritation of trachea and bronchial tubes. False membrane in throat. Profuse bronchorrhea. Putrid sore throat (gargle).

Back
Pain in back, relieved only by lying on abdomen.

Extremities
Emaciation. Edema of feet and legs.

Skin
Pale, waxen, edematous. Burning, dry, hot skin, or bathed in profuse sweat. Diminished sensibility of the surface of body. Useful after stings, bites, etc. Varicose swellings. Scurvy; anasarca. Bruises; sprains.

Fever
Hectic, with drenching night-sweats. Red spot on left cheek. No thirst in fever. Ebullitions. Sweat profuse, cold.

Relationship
Acetic acid is antidotal to all anesthetic vapors. Counteracts sausage poisoning.

Compare: Ammon acet (Profuse saccharine urine, patient is bathed in sweat). Benzoin oderiferum--Spice-wood (night sweats). Ars; China; Digitalis; Liatris (General anasarca in heart and kidney disease, dropsy, and chronic diarrhea).

Dose
Third to thirtieth potency. Not to be repeated too often, except in croup.

(Reference: Homeopathic Materia Medica by William Boericke)